Don't Bother to Knock

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Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe went dramatic in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe plays Nell Forbes, a beautiful but suicidal young woman, recently released from a mental institution. She doesn't mention this on her resumé when she takes a baby-sitting job in a posh hotel. Jed Towers Richard Widmark, a hotel guest, tries to make time with Nell after his own girlfriend, played by Anne Bancroft, has told him to take a hike. As Nell and Jed neck on the couch, the little girl whom Nell is tending Donna Corcoran ...
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Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe went dramatic in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe plays Nell Forbes, a beautiful but suicidal young woman, recently released from a mental institution. She doesn't mention this on her resumé when she takes a baby-sitting job in a posh hotel. Jed Towers Richard Widmark, a hotel guest, tries to make time with Nell after his own girlfriend, played by Anne Bancroft, has told him to take a hike. As Nell and Jed neck on the couch, the little girl whom Nell is tending Donna Corcoran surprises the spooning couple. This drives the psychotic Nell over the edge, forcing Jed to try to keep the baby-sitter from killing both herself and the child.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who consider Marilyn Monroe an actress of limited range should take a look at Don't Bother to Knock, in which the sex symbol is cast in a most un-Monroe-like part and turns in a quite impressive performance. Monroe's talent was considerable, and while she shown in the lighter roles that emphasized her obvious sexual allure, she was quite capable of handling meatier roles. Knock is also interesting to watch because Monroe's part is a surprising one for a star to take -- a psychotic who is not especially sympathetic. Knock has lots to recommend it aside form Monroe, include a script that, while it often stretches credulity, is nonetheless tightly structured and features some great dialogue, as well as an across-the-courtyard-through-the-windows scene that is engrossingly voyeuristic. A very young Anne Bancroft turns in a solid performance, as do Donna Corcoran and Elisha Cook, Jr.. Richard Widmark is less solid; he's fine, but he doesn't seem to be totally engaged in his part and thus can't fill out some of its more two-dimensional qualities. Knock could have been a truly top-notch little thriller had director Roy Ward Baker given it a bit more sizzle. Unfortunately, he's a bit cautious, and so Knock doesn't build up the head of steam and the tense suspense that it needs to. Nevertheless, it's well worth a look, especially for Monroe fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 024543035039
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Jed Towers
Marilyn Monroe Nell Forbes
Anne Bancroft Lyn Leslie
Donna Corcoran Bunny Jones
Jeanne Cagney Rochelle
Jim Backus Peter Jones
Don Beddoe Mr. Ballew
Gloria Blondell Girl Photographer
Willis B. Bouchey Bartender
Dick Cogan Bell Captain
Elisha Cook Jr. Eddie
Verna Felton Mrs. Ballew
Robert Foulk Doorman
Grace Hayle Mrs. McMurdock
Eda Reiss Merin Maid
Victor Perrin Elevator Operator
Michael Ross Pat, the House Detective
Olan Soule Desk Clerk
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Ruth Jones
Emmett Vogan Toastmaster
Technical Credits
Roy Ward Baker Director
Richard Irvine Art Director
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
George A. Gittens Editor
Julian Blaustein Producer
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  • Posted September 23, 2012

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    the first time i saw this movie i was shocked at how fantastic m

    the first time i saw this movie i was shocked at how fantastic marilyn monore was as an actress...i had seen her in some other movies and knew she had a comic flair but never did i realize she had such a dramatic flair! this movie is fantastic and her performance was amazing!

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